Voices of Passion: A You & Five-O Event Celebrating Juneteenth
Public Safety Emergency Communications
Jeryl Anderson has worked in public safety emergency communications for over thirty years. She is currently employed at Orange County Emergency Services, as the Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator, and recently accepted a position with Durham Technical Community College, as their Coordinator for 9-1-1 Training. Jeryl has been a certified instructor since the 1990’s and has vast experience in classroom presentation, including curriculum and testing development, online course development and implementation.
She is proud to have been at the beginning of the Telecommunicator Certification Course for North Carolina Telecommunicators, during her time as a Criminal Justice Instructor Coordinator with the NC Justice Academy, where for eleven years, she taught, edited, and implemented the curriculum across the state of North Carolina. Jeryl is an experienced online instructor, conference speaker and event coordinator. She is an RPL (Registered Professional Leader) and CPE (Certified Public Safety Executive) through National APCO (Association of Public Safety Communications Officials) and an ENP (Emergency Number Professional) through National NENA (National Emergency Number Association).
Charter School Principal
LaManda Chestnut-Pryor thrives as a transformational educator, leader, and children’s advocate serving the North Carolina and New York communities for over 20 years. Her current role as the principal at a charter school in Durham, NC has expanded her expertise as a passionate and innovative leader. Combining her educational background, years of being an administrator and teacher inside of inner city schools with her practical community, family and parental experiences, LaManda has created real life steps to address the disparity in school discipline. She is relentless in her pursuit of establishing a safe, caring and nurturing learning environment that promotes acceptance of the individual and puts the kid’s needs first. By focusing on continuous improvements to the processes of conflict resolutions and developing the child’s self-esteem, LaManda feels that as far as our children’s learning potential is concerned; the best is yet to come.
lisa "l.a." jones
Retired Federal Prison Warden
Lisa A. “L.A.” Jones (a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina) is a retired corrections administrator in the federal corrections system. L.A. spent her 30-year career in a variety of correctional positions and environments, becoming among the highest ranking African-American women in the federal prison. Her education consists of attendance at Southern Nazarene University, in Bethany, Oklahoma where she received a BS in Family Studies & Gerontology (Counseling Psychology specialization) and Saint Leo University, where she received a MS in Criminal Justice (dual specialization of Corrections & Behavioral Studies). She is currently a seminary student at Meadville Lombard Seminary School in Chicago, IL.
At the height of her career, L.A. decided to take her education, experience, and understanding of systems of incarceration and reassign those talents to the area of holistic re-entry programs and practices that create systemic change for justice-involved individuals, their families, and the communities in which they live. Her passion lies at the intersection of Criminal and Social Justice, where she works hard to bridge the two. All her work is done through a spiritually holistic lens. As a retiree, L.A. returned to Durham, NC where she is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Movement Operations for the Hayti Reborn – Justice Movement. She serves as a member of the Durham Sheriff’s Community Advisory Board and Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Southern Coalition of Social Justice. She is a poet, genealogist, and member of the William C Friday Fellowship for Human Relations in North Carolina.
Beverly C. Boone is a North Carolina native and proud graduate of both Fayetteville State University and North Carolina Central University. She graduated from FSU in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, as well as minors in Sociology and Africana Studies. She recently graduated with honors this year on May 7, 2022 from NCCU with a Master of Arts in History. Boone is a member of both Pi Gamma Mu and Phi Alpha Theta honor societies. She is also an author of her first published historical piece titled, “Spirit of History as a Mindset and Tactic in Civil Disobedience and Civil Resistance in the Non-Violent Strategy of the Modern Civil Rights Movement”.
Aside from academic endeavors, she is a proud graduate of the Public Allies North Carolina nonprofit organization which advocates for creating a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it. She currently serves as a third year teaching assistant at a STEM charter school in Durham which caters to low-income minority communities and students
Durham County District Judge
Pat Evans received a BA in Political Science from North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. Keeping in step with her Eagle roots, she enrolled at the NCCU School of Law, where she received her Juris Doctorate. In 1984, Pat was licensed to practice law in North Carolina. She went into private practice in Durham in the general practice of law until 1990. Shen then became an Assistant District Attorney for the Fourteenth Judicial District in Durham, NC. During her tenure with the District Attorney’s Office, she prosecuted criminal matters in the District and Superior Courts.
Pat has dedicated herself to serving her Durham community in many ways. She has served on many Board of Directors, including what was then Durham County Mental Health, Urban Ministries of Durham, Durham County Bar Association, Durham Chapter of the American Red Cross, New Horizons Character and Leadership Academy and Project Excellence. She has also served as an instructor for the Durham Police Department. Additionally, Pat has served as Block Captain for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and was a participant in RAT (Raise a Thousand Dollars) for the American Cancer Society. Pat also tutors at-risk children, teaches Sunday School, and volunteers her time at public schools, food banks, the Durham County Teen Court, serving on the Juvenile Crime Prevention Commission, Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network and training as an Aids Care Team member.
Currently, Pat serves as a District Court Judge for the 14th Judicial District. She presides over Criminal, Family, Child Support, Civil Jury, Juvenile Delinquency, Traffic, Community Life, Domestic Violence, and People’s Courts. She has also served as the Adult Drug Treatment Court Judge.
dr. craig waleed
Facilitator for YFO's Voices of Passion Webinar
In 1990 at the age of nineteen, Dr. Waleed was sentenced to a twelve-year sentence in New York State prisons. While incarcerated, he earned an Associate of Arts degree from Canisius College through an in-prison college program. After serving eight years, Dr. Waleed emerged from prison in 1997. Following his release, Dr. Waleed continued to pursue Higher Education. He eventually earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Health Science and a Master’s of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling from the State University of New York (SUNY) Brockport College. In 2017, Dr. Waleed completed a Doctorate of Education degree From St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York.
Dr. Waleed’s professional experience includes creating and facilitating Emotional Intelligence training, teaching Counseling and Communication courses in higher education, and working with first-generation students. Dr. Waleed currently works as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Re-envisioning Health and Justice lab, where they explore the intersection of health and mass incarceration. He is also the author of his autobiography, released in 2020, entitled “Prison to Promise: A Chronicle of Healing and Transformation,” available on Amazon.